The Art of Sexual Ecstasy
Have you ever wondered, "Isn’t there more to sex than this?"
Whether you long for a deeper, more profound sexual experience, or are interested in learning new erotic techniques, look no further. Based on ancient Tantric and Taoist practices that have been adapted for Western readers, the Art of Sexual Ecstasy is a thoughtful and intriguing approach to human sexuality.
Appealing to anyone who's looking for more out of their sex lives, this manual teaches that sexuality in its most sacred sense is not only an erotic art, but a meditative practice. And when lovers join together in ecstatic sexual union, they have the potential to tap into an entirely new level of consciousness and energy: the whole body orgasm.
Full Title: The Art of Sexual Ecstasy: The Path of Sacred Sexuality for Western Lovers
Type: Hardcover. Pages: 400. Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons: NY. Year Published: 1995.
Author: Margo Anand
Categories: sex instruction, new age, human sexuality, tantric sex, sexual positions.
The Short Version
"One of our greatest sources of pleasure - and disappointment - is sexual intimacy." By sharing a vision of sacred sexuality that frees lovers to reach their ecstatic potentials, The Art of Sexual Ecstasy shows how to surpass obstacles to intimacy, hurdles such as "personal problems and preoccupations".
Typical sex instruction manuals focus solely on sexual activity, whereas this work illustrates the delicate interconnectedness of sex and the subconscious. And despite the popular belief that, sexual orgasm is exclusively a genital affair, this guide teaches that sex has a greater overall impact when individuals channel sexual energy through erotic activity. That's not to say that you won't learn sex tricks: Anand illustrates a multitude of sexual techniques such as oral sex, prostate massage, and various sex positions.
The book is split up into chapters, containing a thorough discussion of the section's topic followed by exercises that can be practiced either as a couple or individually. The author strongly recommends doing them in succession, because each one builds upon the lessons learned from the previous. She also suggests an extensive time frame in which to complete each workshop, the purpose of which is to allow enough time in between for reflection.
Here are just some of the topics:
- containing genital orgasm; learning to stay relaxed in states of intense arousal, so as to prepare oneself for whole body orgasm.
- sexual myths that prevent us from fully developing our potential as lovers.
- learning to harmonize with a lover, using humor and playfulness.
- confronting sexual boredom, embracing sexual bonding, and integrating principles of High Sex into daily life.
- reducing inhibitory fears that prevent persons from fully experiencing sexuality
This how-to will inspire, instruct and inform. It is exquisitely written, has an easy to follow format, and is packed with useful illustrations. It also contains passages in the margins meant to stimulate excitement and imagination. The author also includes a supplement containing recommended musical selections to use during exercises, as well as information about seminars and training to further one's exploration of tantric practice.
Her method is best described as a holistic approach to sexuality, the spirit of which she calls High Sex. One of the principal beliefs of High Sex is in order to experience ecstasy, "you have to be willing to move beyond your natural attraction of genital release". By learning to connect with the body's energy centers, one can channel their sexual vitality throughout the body as a preparation for the experience of whole body orgasm.
In order to fully experience ecstatic sexuality, the book encourages self-love and acceptance. Anand also includes an instructive section about the healing powers of personal pleasuring, and encourages readers to tune into what arouses them sexually. She also incorporates exercises that explore masturbation, which for many people is tainted with guilt, shame or fear - all of which hinder their experience of all-encompassing sexuality.
Margot Anand has been researching sacred sexuality for decades, studying under the guidance of many Tantric masters and conducting several of her own workshops all over the world. Creator of a Tantric Sex technique called Skydancing Tantra; the author has a graduate degree in psychology and specializes in enhancing sexuality. For more about this author's works, see our review of the companion book, The Art of Sexual Magic.
The Art of Sexual Ecstasy speaks to the hearts of those who know there is more to sex than merely getting off. The work details the incredible potential of achieving a synergistic combination of sexuality and spirituality. It is readable, entertaining, and can serve as an excellent reference for individuals at various stages of their sexual development. Highly recommended!
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